En frisørdame i Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray har mer fornuftige kommentarer enn Storbritannias nye statsminister Theresa May.
May gjentok besvergelsene: De prøver å ødelegge vår levemåte og våre verdier og det skal de ikke klare.
Frisørdamen observerte: – Dette kan skje med hvem som helst.
Nettopp, og derfor vil jihadistene klare å ødelegge vår tilværelse, hvis angrepene blir mange nok. Folk liker ikke å få hodet skåret av, de liker ikke å bli hogd ned med machete eller sprengt på en musikkfestival. Simple as that. De holder seg borte.
Dermed er vår levemåte forandret. Det er hva Christopher Caldwell sier er den største virkningen av muslimsk innvandring: Vi endrer vår levemåte, enten vi vil eller ei.
They are trying to destroy our way of life. They are trying to destroy our values. We have shared values and those values will win through and the terrorists will not win.’
A number of shots were heard over a period of around 15 seconds as the incident came to an end.
Eulalie Garcia, who works in a beauty parlour, is on the same road as the church, and told reporters that she knew the priest, who had taught her the catechism as a young girl.
‘My family has lived here for 35 years and we have always known him,’ she said. ‘He was someone who was treasured by the community. He was very discreet and didn’t like to draw attention to himself.’
She said she was very shocked by the death of the priest, who lived opposite his church. ‘It can happen to anyone,’ she said.
Det ser ut til at kirken søker tilflukt i sin egen svakhet. Selvfølgelig har kirken andre våpen enn bønn og fellesskap. Hvis den vil.
Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen later confirmed that Father Jacques Hamel had been killed.
In a statement from Krakow, Poland, where Pope Francis was visiting, Lebrun says ‘I cry out to God, with all men of good will. And I invite all non-believers to unite with this cry … The Catholic Church has no other arms besides prayer and fraternity between men.’
An Italian politician later urged Pope Francis to put the slain French priest on a fast track for sainthood.
Å gjør Jacques Hamel til helgen kan være en viktig symbolsk handling. Han ble martyr for troen, den første i Europa på svært lang tid. Det vil ligge mye symbolikk i en slik kåring. Tør Vatikanet det?
Roberto Maroni, the president of the Lombard region, said in an appeal circulated on social media that ‘Father Jacques is a martyr of faith’ and requested that the pope ‘immediately proclaim him St. Jacques.’
Shortly after the appeal, the hashtag (hash)santosubito, which translates as ’saint immediately,’ began circulating on Twitter.
The canonisation process is a lengthy one involving two miracles attributed to the person’s intercession, but in the case of a martyr only one miracle is needed, after beatification. There must first be a declaration by the Vatican that the person indeed died for the faith.